While the study of theatre is often centered on acting as the principal means of expression and exploration, the interdisciplinary nature of the subject is evident throughout the curriculum, with academic rigor and creativity central to the values of the program. As such, Theatre & Film electives share the common goal that learning about theatre should be done through theatre. The study of contrasting works, from Miller to McDonagh, Shakespeare to Sophocles, is used to develop performance abilities, just as the practical exploration of text through performance builds a deep understanding of the text, theme, and the playwright’s craft. Likewise, film offers a number of opportunities to develop an understanding of storytelling as both performance art and visual art.
Areas of study include: Acting; Directing; Playwriting; Filmmaking; Screenwriting; Shakespeare & Verse; Documentary & Political Theatre; Philosophy & Ethics in Theatre.